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Vermont Accepting Applications for Final Medical Marijuana Dispensary License

August 7th

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Department of Public Safety, who oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, said Tuesday that the agency is now accepting applications for the fourth, and final, certificate to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the state. Under Vermont’s 2004 medical marijuana law, patients or their caregivers can grow up to three […]

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Massachusetts Patients to Protest DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations

August 1st

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BOSTON, MA — Medical marijuana supporters in Massachusetts will picket in front of the state Department of Public Health on Thursday to protest provisions in the state’s new medical marijuana regulations that limit patients to only one caregiver, banning home cultivation, and other restrictions. The protest, which is expected to take place between 2:00 and [...]

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New Hampshire Becomes 19th Medical Marijuana State

July 24th

NASHUA, NH – All of New England is now medical marijuana territory, as New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) Tuesday afternoon signed into law a bill allowing it in the Granite State.

“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” Hassan said in a signing statement.

“By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process,” she continued. “House Bill 573 legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the State of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire’s seriously ill patients.”

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Gov. Hassan Signs New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill

July 23rd

CONCORD, NH – Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state to allow residents with serious illnesses to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

“This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe, and reliable access to medical marijuana.”

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House Bill 573, sponsored by state Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), will allow residents with certain debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Patients will be able to obtain marijuana through one of four non-profit, state-licensed alternative treatment centers.

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New Hampshire Patients Still Waiting for Gov. to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

July 18th

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire residents anxiously awaiting the legalization of medical marijuana in the Granite State will have to keep waiting, at least for a little while longer.

The New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573 in June, which will allow state residents with serious illnesses obtain up to two ounces of  medical marijuana from state licensed dispensaries, but the bill — and about three dozen others — have yet to reach the desk of Governor Maggie Hassan.

According to reports by the Associated Press, House Speaker Terie Norelli has the bill on her desk and is expected to sign it sometime this week before sending it to Senate President Peter Bragdon for his signature.  Only then will it be sent to the desk of Gov. Hassan, who has expressed support for medical marijuana in New Hampshire and is expected to sign the bill.

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Once received by the Governor, Hassan will have five days to act on the bill.  The House Speaker and Senate President, however, ar. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine: Portland Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November

July 16th

PORTLAND, ME — Voters in Portland will decide in November if they want to legalize marijuana possession by adults in Maine’s largest city following a public hearing held Monday evening in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow those 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Citizens for a Safer Portland, a coalition of organizations that include the Portland Green Independent Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, the Libertarian Party of Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project, collected nearly double the 1,500 signatures that were required to place the matter before the City Council.

Following Monday’s hearing, the City Council had three choices: adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

The city council voted 5-1 to send the proposed ordinance to the citywide ballot on November 5 to be decided by the voters.  City Councilor David Marshal, a proponent of marijuana legalization, was the lone vote in favor of adopting the ordinance immediately.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

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Maine: Public Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Tonight in Portland

July 15th

PORTLAND, ME — A public hearing will be held Monday night by the Portland City Council to discuss legalizing the possession of marijuana by adults within the city.

The hearing is in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

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Maine Medical Cannabis Program Expanded to Include PTSD, Other Debilitating Conditions

July 4th

AUGUSTA, ME – Patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, Crohn’s disease, and other debilitating disorders will soon be eligible for cannabis therapy under legislation approved last week absent the Governor’s signature.

The new law expands the list of qualifying conditions for which a Maine physician may legally recommend cannabis to include “post-traumatic stress disorder,” “inflammatory bowel disease” (such as Crohn’s and/or ulcerative colitis), and “dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms” (such as Parkinson’s disease and/or Huntington’s disease). It is the second time that Maine legislators have acted to expand the pool of patients who may have access to medicinal cannabis.

The law takes effect in approximately 90 days.

Four states — Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, and Oregon — explicitly allow for the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Clinical trial data published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry theorized that cannabinoid-based therapies would likely comprise. . . . . READ MORE

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Marijuana Possession Now Decriminalized in Vermont

July 1st

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermonters possessing small amounts of marijuana are no longer be subject to arrest due to a bill adopted earlier this year taking effect early Monday morning, making Vermont the 17th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 cosponsors, passed the House in April before sailing though the Senate less than a month later.  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed the bill into law in early June.

It ends criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish and replaces them with fines of $200 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Possession of more than an ounce remains a criminal offense, as does the cultivation of any number of plants.

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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Monday

June 29th

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermonters will possessing small amounts of marijuana will no longer be subject to arrest starting Monday, when a bill adopted this year to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession will go into effect.  Vermont will become the 17th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 cosponsors, passed the House in April before sailing though the Senate less than a month later.  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed the bill into law in early June.

It ends criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish and replaces them with fines of $200 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Possession of more than an ounce remains a criminal offense, as does cultivation of any number of plants.

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